Tonight the Atlanta Hawks are in Milwaukee to clash with old friends Larry Drew and Zaza Pachulia, it’s just too bad most of the old gang won’t be around for the game.
Al Horford and Jeff Teague are injured and didn’t make the trip to Milwaukee, while Josh Smith left Atlanta in the summer to sign with Detroit. Zaza Pachulia is inactive for the Bucks with a right foot fracture.
But at least Kyle Korver is still around and healthy for the reunion!
Drew was an assistant in Atlanta from 2004-2010, then became head coach of the Hawks from 2010-2013 after Mike Woodson was fired. Pachulia was with the team from 2005-2013 and was a fan favorite in Philips Arena.
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Who?: Atlanta Hawks vs Milwaukee Bucks
What?: Reunion of Sorts (Game #43, Away Game #21)
Where?: BMO Harris Bradley Center (Milwaukee, WI)
When?: Saturday, January 25 – 8:30 PM (ET)
How?: SportSouth HD TV
PG: Shelvin Mack | SG: Lou Williams | SF: Kyle Korver | PF: Paul Millsap | C: Gustavo Ayon
PG: Brandon Knight | SG: Giannis Antetokounmpo | SF: Ersan Ilyasova | PF: Larry Sanders | C: John Henson
Atlanta Hawks: Pero Antic (stress fracture, right ankle), DeMarre Carroll (mild left hamstring strain), Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery) and John Jenkins (low back pain) are out.
Milwaukee Bucks: Carlos Delfino (right foot surgery), Zaza Pachulia (right foot fracture) and Ekpe Udoh (sprained left ankle) are out.
Current Records, Streak & Hot, Lukewarm, or Cold
Records: Atlanta Hawks (22-20) / Milwaukee Bucks (8-34)
Streaks: Atlanta Hawks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Lost 1 | ROAD: Won 1 Milwaukee Bucks –> OVERALL: Lost 1 | HOME: Won 1 | ROAD: Lost 7
Home/Away Records: Bucks are (4-15) at home / Hawks are (7-13) on the road.
Atlanta Hawks: Cold. The Hawks had won three straight home games against elite teams such as the Pacers, Rockets and Heat, but then the Spurs came into town Friday night and blew that streak into smithereens with a 105-79 beat down.
Milwaukee Bucks: Cold. The Bucks suck. 8-34 overall. Enough said.
Series Notes/Past Series Notes
The Hawks visit the Bucks for the first-of-three matchups between the teams. The clubs will meet again on 3/13 at Philips Arena and on 4/16 in Milwaukee. Atlanta swept the 2012-13 series 4-0 and owns a four-game winning streak over the Bucks, including two straight in Milwaukee. The Bucks last defeated the Hawks on 3/27/12 (108-101) in Milwaukee. Atlanta leads the all-time series 100-99 (34-62 on the road)
Gustavo Ayon played 12 games for the Bucks last year. Hawks Assistant Coach Darvin Ham played three seasons in Milwaukee (1999-02). Bucks Head Coach Larry Drew is a former Hawks Assistant (2004-10) and Head Coach (2010-13), accumulating 128 wins in the top spot. Zaza Pachulia played 556 games over eight seasons in Atlanta. Bucks Assistant Coaches Bob Bender and Nick Van Exel are both former Hawks Assistants. O.J. Mayo has been teammates with Elton Brand and Jared Cunningham with Dallas in 2012-13, and DeMarre Carroll (2009-part of 2010-11). Gary Neal played for San Antonio from 2010-13 while Hawks Head Coach Mike Budenholzer was an Assistant on the Spurs’ bench.
Information was used from the Hawks and Bucks official gamenotes